Choraleers wrap up season with holiday concert


Photo by Rena Lefthand Clark

The Canyon Lake Choraleers wrapped up their 2017 season with their annual Christmas Concert, Joy, on Saturday afternoon in the Holiday Bay Room at the lodge. Joy was filled with familiar Christmas carols and songs from holiday movies, such as The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Muppet Christmas Carol and Home Alone.

The concert was directed by Lorilee Bajema, accompanied by Lynda Salina on the piano and featured instrumentalists Ron Williams on the trumpet, Ponce Navvaro on the French horn, Don Ruch on the violin and Rick Rahn on the drums.

The audience was entertained by a life-size Grinch, played by JM Guzman, during Larry Garland’s “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” solo performance. An opportunity drawing was held during intermission. Gift baskets and a wreath that included $100 cash were among the prizes.

The Choraleers will present their Spring Concert on Sunday, May 20, at 3 p.m. at the lodge. Residents and businesses interested in becoming sponsors or advertising in the program should contact Larry Garland at 951-821-8883.

The Canyon Lake Choraleers is a vocal group of men and women who enjoy singing in a choral group that performs spring and fall concerts, including combinations of selected singers and solo performances. Membership includes more than 35 members as well as a director and pianist. Membership is open to Canyon Lake residents and those in nearby communities. Rehearsals are held Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m.

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